Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Getting to Know Dr. James Anderson

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Getting to Know Dr. James Anderson

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Dr. James Anderson genuinely understands the mindset of frustrated youth who find themselves incarcerated rather than getting an education. Growing up an orphan on the tough streets of Washington, D.C., Anderson worked diligently to achieve academically, refusing to fall victim to the allure of drugs and violence that stole the lives of so many around him.

As the new chancellor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, Anderson is committed to getting more minority students, particularly young Black and Latino males, off the road of underachievement and on a path to success.

"I was one of those young males. My mother gave me up at birth. I don't know who my father is," says Anderson, adding that consistent mentorship is key. "The first 10 years of my life, I was pretty much on the streets, but people took an interest in me. They made sure I did well in school [and] made sure I had clothes. We need more males to step forward and spend time with youth."

Formerly the vice provost and vice president at the University at Albany-State University of New York, Anderson comes to FSU during a tumultuous time in the institution's 141-year history.

FSU's premier program, nursing, came under fire last year when just seven of its 32 students graduated. As a result, the North Carolina State Board of Nursing placed the program on probation, giving the school one year to bring the program into compliance with state standards. Furthermore, plagued by financial troubles, FSU reports some of the lowest student retention and graduation rates in the UNC system. …

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